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A conference entitled “Fighting Impunity for Torture: from Words to Actions” took place on 22 January at the Armenia Mariott hotel, organised by the Civil Society Institute with support from the EU. The main topic of the conference was to introduce actions being taken to prevent torture in Armenia.
In his opening remarks, the Deputy Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation, Jose-Maria Medina Navarro, talked about the EU’s human rights policy: ‘The EU’s emphasis on fighting torture is reflected in its substantial funding of civil society projects around the world. The prevention of torture and the rehabilitation of torture victims constitute a major priority for funding under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). We hope that, as a result of this project, an environment of non-tolerance towards torture will be instilled in Armenian society which, in its turn, will contribute to greater accountability of law-enforcement bodies and the courts’.
Over the last 5 years, an average of €12 million per year has been allocated to funding anti-torture projects, thereby making the EIDHR a leading funding source for the rehabilitation of victims and the prevention of torture worldwide. Themes selected for support are designed to reinforce EU policy, particularly the “ Guidelines to EU policy towards third countries on Torture” adopted by the Council of the European Union in 2001 (and revised in 2008 and 2012).
Arman Danielyan, President of the Civil Society Institute, introduced the results of the “Exclusion of Torture and Forced Confessions as a GROUND for Fair Trial” project, funded by the EU: ‘The problem of torture is that it is multilayered; it is impossible to solve it in one day. We need systematic actions in different fields. Some actions were taken in this field in recent years, but this is not enough’.
During the project, the organisers interviewed 30 experts in the field and 100 volunteers, as well as undertook journalistic investigations. IMG_8889
During the conference, speakers presented results of polls on torture and showcased applications for android phones, through which anyone could have access to information on their rights and the appropriate legislation.